America loves baseball -- and so do tobacco companies.
From the earliest days of America’s pastime, baseball players have chewed tobacco, and suffered its deadly consequences. From Babe Ruth to Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, we have seen our heroes suffer with cancer. We do not want future generations to suffer the same way.
Unfortunately today’s Major League baseball players remain prominent spokesmen for smokeless tobacco… the same players that many young people-- particularly teenage boys– look up to. The bulge in the lip and the can in the back pocket are images that have helped define masculinity for generations. But using smokeless tobacco isn’t cool or athletic—it causes cancer, mouth diseases and can trigger heart attacks.
Yet Major League ballplayers, managers and coaches continue to chew tobacco at the ballpark and on television—in front of millions of young fans. So it’s no surprise that smokeless tobacco use among high school boys is skyrocketing, increasing by 36% since 2003.
Now is the time for action. Sign the petition to help us Knock Tobacco Out of the Park!